Debate and final vote on EU budget 2017
Parliament’s provisional deal with the Council on the EU budget for 2017, struck on Thursday 17 November, will be debated on Wednesday and voted on Thursday. Its negotiators fought for and won better support for unemployed youngsters and additional funds to boost key initiatives supporting SMEs, transport infrastructure projects, research and Erasmus+ student mobility.
The preliminary figures are €157.86 billion in commitment appropriations and €134.49 billion in payment appropriations.
Parliament secured €500 million on top of the draft budget for the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) to help youngsters find jobs. A further €200 million will boost key growth and jobs schemes such as COSME (competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises), the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF, financing infrastructure projects), Horizon 2020 (research projects) and Erasmus+ (student mobility).
MEPs also secured a €728 million booster package for mainly migration-related funds, including €28 million more for UNRWA support for Palestine refugees (total €310m) and €3m more to support peace talks in Cyprus (total €34.8m).
Next steps in the 2017 budget procedure
The Council formally approved the compromise on 28 November. Parliament will put it to a plenary vote in Brussels on 1 December and, if approved, its President will sign it into law.
Mid-term revision of the multiannual financial framework (MFF)
In a separate debate, MEPs will quiz the Council on the state of play of deliberations on the mid-term revision of the EU’s long-term budget 2014-2020, on which member states have yet to agree a common position.
Debate: Wednesday, 30 November
Vote: Thursday, 1 December
Press conference: Thursday 1st December 12:30 (after the votes), with rapporteurs Jens Geier (S&D, DE), Indrek Tarand (Greens/EFA, EE)
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